Digital innovation and strong corporate governance have collided.
Boardrooms are tasked with re-thinking the board member profile and committee structure in light of innovation and emerging transitional risks.
I've spent the better part of four years immersed in blockchain, artificial intelligence, cloud and digital disruption initiatives. When I say immersed, I truly mean immersed. I haven't just attended conferences and read books. I've rolled up my sleeves and gotten involved!
With seven years of for-profit public and private company board experience; Two successful business exits commanding premiums to market as a CEO and as Partner and Board Director; Four years of direct involvement in Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain technology integration initiatives; Twenty years of leadership experience as CEO and other senior level positions; leading business transformation with direct P&L oversight; I have never seen change occur as fast as change is occurring today.
This time in my life has forever changed how I think and how I problem solve for a pain point.
I understand these new technologies but I also appreciate the challenges faced by management with regard to legacy systems and processes. Being up to date and educated on these initiatives allow for thought provoking and robust discussions in the boardroom and with management.
Scroll down to find my upcoming speaking engagements and enjoy my thoughts on these topics!
"There is no industry immune to disruption. Boardrooms and the C-suite must assimilate to change and disrupt themselves before becoming disrupted. This requires a pivot in mindset, away from just looking back over the last 90 days, to looking ahead and around the corner. Only then will you be able to establish the right KPIs and KRIs for your boardroom." - Christa Steele
Director, Audit, Risk, Nom & Gov Committees Member, Recology;
Director, Audit Committee Member, OFG Bancorp (Symbol: OFG);
Director, Compensation Committee Chair and Nom & Gov Committee Member, Tanimura & Antle;
Director, NACD NorCal Chapter & Pacific Coast Banking School, WA.;
Former Director, Audit Committee Chair, Compensation Committee Member, SF Holdings;
Former Director, Audit and Nominating & Governance Committee Member, FIG Partners LLC;
Former Inside Director, President & CEO, Mechanics Bank (Symbol: MCHB)
Christa Steele is an experienced CEO and Director serving as a board member of public, private, ESOP and family-owned B2B and B2C companies across varying industry verticals. Board service has included six public and private company boards - including serving as Chair of Audit and Compensation committees to the financial services, insurance, wealth management, investment banking, transportation, equipment leasing, waste collection, food and agricultural industries operating in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands.
Partner Background and CEO Operating Background
Until recently, Steele was a partner and board member of FIG Partners, a highly successful investment bank focused on M&A, Capital Markets, Fixed Income Asset Management, and IPO’s with ten locations across the United States. In April 2019, FIG Partners was acquired by Janney Montgomery Scott.
Prior, Steele spent two decades in the financial services industry serving retail, wealth management and commercial clientele. Most notably, during her tenure, she became the youngest CEO in the U.S. to lead a $3.5 Billion asset size bank located in the Bay Area of CA. As former CEO of a company with direct P&L oversight of a company with $500 million in market cap, Steele led a significant financial turnaround in a highly regulated industry that included: the onset of a complete technology overhaul to bring 110-year company current through streamlined operations, reducing its risk profile, adding new and divesting from business lines, and enhancing client engagement; resulting in core earnings 43% in a single calendar year, doubled the banks’ value in less than two years, and successfully led its sale for a premium in 2015.
Nationally Recognized Speaker & Thought Leader
Steele is an authority figure on blockchain, artificial intelligence, the IoT, and digital disruption to the boardroom. She is nationally recognized as a speaker and thought leader by the National Association of Corporate Directors, Women Corporate Directors, Directors Forum, Institute of Internal Auditors and is often interviewed by news outlets such as WSJ and Financial Times. A sample of recent speaking engagements include Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Financial Times Agenda Webcast, The WSJ Artificial Intelligence Pro Conference, and NACD Artificial Intelligence and NACD Blockchain Webinar.
Expertise & Recognition
Seven years of for-profit public and private company board experience; Two successful business exits commanding premiums to market as a CEO and as Partner and Board Director; Four years of direct involvement in Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain technology integration initiatives; Twenty years of leadership experience as CEO and other senior level positions; leading business transformation with direct P&L oversight.
Specific areas of expertise include but not limited to: emerging technologies, software integration, risk, audit and compliance oversight, executive compensation, shareholder and institutional investor engagement, regulatory, corporate strategy, leadership succession, top line growth, expansion and retraction, M&A, expense control, turnaround.
Steele was recognized by Private Company Director Magazine in October 2019 as a North America 2019 "Director to Watch" and received previous recognition by the San Francisco Business Times as "Most Influential Leader in Bay Area Business" and by Crowe Horwath for driving significant financial performance improvement.
Steele qualifies as a financial expert, is an adjunct faculty member of the National Association of Corporate Directors Board Advisory Services Group and Board Leadership Fellow, holds an MBA from University of Southern CA (USC) and an undergraduate degree from California State University Sacramento (CSUS).
The future of the internet fueled by blockchain technology
Las Vegas Convention Center
January 7, 2020
Las Vegas, NV
Bridge the gap between the promise of Artificial Intelligence and utilization at your company.
NACD & Armanino LLP
January 16, 2020
San Francisco, CA
Challenges faced by corporate directors in the new digital age and the changing trends of boardroom dynamics.
Corporate Directors Forum
January 17, 2020
San Diego, CA
Board oversight shifts and what directors should be thinking about as board responsibilities expand
January 24, 2020
Discussing the misalignments of perceived risks between the C-Suite, CAE, CEO and the Boardroom
NACD Texas TriCities
Jr. League of Houston
February 14, 2020
Developing the Right Artificial Intelligence Governance
Wall Street Journal
March 31, 2020
New York, NY
Lessons in leadership and governance
University of Tennessee
Neel Corporate Governance Center
August 28, 2020
NACD Northern California Chapter and PwC recently partnered to present a blockchain webcast - " What boards need to know about blockchain".
Presenters: Christa Steele and Manoj Kashyap
Tone at the Top: Boards Look to Harness Blockchain Disruption.
Why management and boards need to consider blockchain in overall digital strategy.
Risk & Opportunity a Board Primer on Blockchain
Four-part blockchain information series
San Francisco, California 94104, United States